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G20 hot mic gaffe exposes extent of US isolation following Gaza cease-fire veto | Anadolu Agency |

'This state of inaction results in the loss of innocent lives,' host Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira heard saying after US vetoes UN Security Council cease-fire call

The US found itself increasingly isolated when a hot mic during an international summit in Brazil exposed searing criticism from close international allies prompted by Washington's refusal to endorse a cease-fire in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The pointed criticisms were made during a closed press meeting of G20 foreign ministers that reporters were able to listen in to via audio headsets after organizers failed to turn them off, according to the Washington Post newspaper.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, who was hosting his counterparts for candid talks, opened the closed-door session by lambasting the "paralysis" within the UN Security Council that has led to a failure to address the situation in Gaza, just one day after the Biden administration vetoed a draft text calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire there.

"This state of inaction results in the loss of innocent lives," Vieira could be heard saying as the death toll in Gaza rapidly nears 30,000, according to the coastal enclave's Health Ministry.

Close US ally Australia warned of the "further devastation" that would result from Israel's vowed offensive on southern Gaza's city of Rafah, where nearly 1.5 million people are seeking shelter, the vast majority of whom fled other parts of Gaza amid bombings and Israeli orders for civilians to evacuate.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 23rd, 2024 at 11:17:13 PM EST
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